Announcing the Seth Trotter contests for 2021

The Friends of the UD Library are hosting their Seth Trotter Book Collecting Contest and Special Collections Essay Contest once again this year.

Please spread the word about these two contests. The Book Collecting Contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students; and the Special Collections Essay Contest is open to all University of Delaware students, faculty and staff.

All applications are due by June 1, 2021.

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A Word about Seth Trotter ‘94

Seth Trotter, who passed away suddenly on November 7, 1995, graduated from the University of Delaware in 1994. While a student at UD, Seth was heavily involved with the Friends of the UD Library. As a member of the Friends, he readily enjoyed visiting the Library’s Special Collections exhibitions, attending Library lectures and going to the Friends’ Annual Dinner.

To honor his legacy, Seth’s parents created the Seth M. Trotter Memorial Fund in 1995 to keep alive not only his memory, but the values of scholarship and intellectual excitement that the Friends of the UD Library kindled within him.

In the summer of 2019, Joseph Trotter, Seth’s father, gave his blessing to the Friends of the UD Library to name its Book Collecting Contest and Special Collections Essay Contest after his son. The Friends are honored to pay tribute to Seth in such a meaningful way.